Essentium Shows Off High Speed Extrusion (HSETM) 3D Printing Platform
HSETM 3D printing platform said to put large-scale additive manufacturing in the hands of customers.
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May 23, 2019
Essentium showcased the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSETM) 3D Printing Platform in action at RAPID + TCT 2019, making its public debut in the US. Essentium also demonstrated use cases for its electrostatic discharge (ESD) safe 3D printing material, which it says is critical to protect electrostatic-sensitive devices in electronics manufacturing, oil and gas and aerospace industries.
Essentium says the HSE 3D printer is up to 10x faster and 5x more accurate than competitive offerings. The 3D printing platform offers print speeds greater than 500mm a second by using a non-slip, high torque extruder system and all linear motor. Supplementing the capabilities of the hardware, Essentium says it has tuned the materials accordingly to process at speed while being strong enough to withstand impact loading, fatigue or cyclic loading and protect electrostatic-sensitive devices.
The company says early access program customers are experiencing how the system can address the pain points for end users of additive technology. One Essentium customer has reportedly decreased its time to tool by 85% over aluminium tooling and achieved a 97% cost savings over other traditional methods.
As demand for industrial scale 3D printing continues to grow, Essentium is working closely with new and existing digital manufacturing partners around the world including Materialise to integrate the company’s industry-leading 3D software.
“While companies have already begun to include 3D printing in their production processes the bulk of manufacturing continues to be done by traditional CNC machines as firms are hindered by speed and scale obstacles,” said Blake Teipel, CEO and co-founder of Essentium. “The Essentium HSE is smashing through these barriers, providing speed without compromising the performance of the printed part to accelerate the shift to large-scale additive manufacturing. It is enabling wide-ranging applications as firms enter Industry 4.0 helping to drive greater innovation, efficiency and sustainability across their product development lifecycles.”
Following the company’s $22.2M Series A funding in January this year, Essentium has expanded and moved its headquarters to Austin, TX.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.